One Pot Cheesy Pasta Bake

A pale blue 2 handle casserole filled with penne pasta with a silver spoon on wooden board
What’s better than a quick and easy pasta? A one pot creamy pasta bake that has cheese and red wine. Don’t worry… there will be enough wine leftover for the cook to enjoy a glass (or two).

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 5


  • In a heavy set frypan, fry the onions in oil for 4 minutes, stirring often.
  • Sprinkle in golden sugar, pour in the red wine and caramelize the onions for a few minutes, until most of the wine has evaporated.
  • Add the mushrooms and garlic and fry for another 2 minutes.
  • Pour in 3 cups of vegetable stock and add the pasta, bay leaves and thyme. Cover with a lid to cook for 7-10 minutes, until al dente, stirring every couple of minutes. You can add the extra cup of stock if needed.
  • Pour the cream in. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cheese and spinach and stir until the spinach has wilted.
  • Top with an extra sprinkle of cheese. Place under a hot grill for 3-5 minutes until the cheese melts and golden.
Keyword kid friendly, vegetarian
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